Last night while watching catch up (yes. I’m guilty of not hating on Ten’s Party Tricks. I quite enjoy it), this add appeared throughout the program. It’s a good little ad – good sentiment, well made, and released at the right time (in the lead up to Christmas)
Today we’re in Cairns working at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. We (Iscariot Media) are representing proppaNOW, and selling artwork and tshirts. It’s a funny thing, thinking about where the business has come from over the past two decades. I would never have imagined myself speaking confidently about the artists and their works. It’s easy with the proppaNOW group though, as their work is clear in it’s intention and I know their bodies of work so well.
I’m looking forward to the next three days. It’s a completely self-funded event, so fingers crossed, Cairns will love (and then buy) our shirts.
July is crazy.
In addition to the Blog Carnival Deadly Bloggers is hosting, we worked last week at Teneriffe Markets for twelve hours, which I posted about on my Iscariot Media blog.
We are also launching Dark and Disturbing in two days at Musgrave Park. HOLY!!!!!
I also have a bunch of SEQICC duties, including meetings, social media-ing, and attending two corporate function.
I’ve done no exercise for the past two months and I’m beginning to feel it. Anita Heiss is currently training for a half-marathon, and she manages to do that and train. She’s getting up before dark, in winter, in Sydney. Surely, I could find time to walk around the park once a day?? I wish I was addicted to exercise and movement. I love it when I do it, but when I stop, I’m completely stationary.
That’s it. It’s all I can afford right now. I have a report to finish before I get to bed, and tomorrow is bump-in for Musgrave, and a couple of meetings, and a corporate gig and art exhibition in the evening. *le sigh*
Come and say hello if you’re going to Musgrave. I think we’re in tent 106. See you there!!
I had a matter-a-fact conversation with a new acquaintance – a business woman. She was serving me, and while we waited for my product to be ready, she mentioned that she had just finished a shift at the supermarket. You see, while she and her husband “owned and ran a shop”, they both had other jobs. She worked at a supermarket most afternoons, and cleaned two mornings per week, while once a week he drove hire buses. She was also an apprentice in the store, working and studying, so she could be soon qualified to work in be store alone. She also “did the books”. He, clearly handy with code, had written their store’s unique (and complicated) point of sale system.
It’s the morning after arriving home from 12 hours straight (at least 11 of those hours were on my feet) at Teneriffe Festival. Selling proppaNOW tshirts and books, we barely made $100 (taking into consideration cost of goods sold and festival expenses). But, being me, I refuse to use this as anything but a learning experience. I realised while watching thousands of well-ish heeled inner-city-suburban types walk past, that we have a big job to do. There is a point to this story, so please bare with me. I need to do a quick back-track to last October.
Deadly Bloggers received a brief media mention today from Carly Lane, an Aboriginal curator based in Western Australia.
Gordon Bennett passed away a week ago. Tonight was to be his exhibition opening at Milani Gallery. Today, and for the next two weeks, the walls will be bare.
Ever since Hangouts on Air was born I’ve been planning to create a regular program for The Critical Classroom. Last night we held one for the first time. What is Google Hangouts? If you’re familiar with tools like Skype, Google Hangouts isn’t completely unfamiliar.
Like Skype, Google Hangouts, is a video conferencing services that is owned by Google. Unlike Skype, Google Hangouts has a larger array of tools and potential for more than making video calls between a number of parties.
Currently there are two types of Hangouts,
- Video Hangouts (a private “call” between a set number of people), and Hangouts on Air (which is a live-stream, on-air, broadcast).
- Hangouts on Air are streamed live via YouTube.
When you host a Hangout on Air you have a number of tools, including setting a Question and Answer function, blocking and ejecting users, screen sharing and linking to Google Drive. A number of professional businesses use Hangouts on Air as a way to market their business.
This is partly how I see the After Dinner with the Critical Classroom. It’s an opportunity for us to reach a broader number of people and increase awareness of the Critical Classroom’s products and ideas.
The Hangout on Air is immediately archived to your YouTube channel, and can later be edited, using the YouTube editing features. I see a lot of potential with Google Hangouts, including delivery of education, health and social services, as well as business and marketing opportunities.
Our first After Dinner session was held last week, and I hope to do more sessions not just for The Critical Classroom, but also for Deadly Bloggers and Iscariot Media generally.
I’ll schedule in an update of this post in six months and I’ll let you know how it goes.
It’s 8.50pm on Sunday in Hawai’i, and here I am blogging for the first time in how many days?!?!? I can’t believe it. I had intended to write each day but I’m afraid, each night this week I had either ran out of internet connection, energy or reliable cords, so it just didn’t happen.
This week Leesa was proud and humbled to be presenting at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (2014) in Hawai’i. The WIPC:E conference was born in Canada in 1987. Every three years a new host nation takes responsibility for it. Conferences have been held in Aeotearoa, Hilo, Albuquerque, Woollongong, Calgary, Melbourne.
Just quickly reflecting on conference presentations, particularly ones that describe institutional programs.
2014 will see the launch of our tshirt brand Dark and Disturbing. This project will be curated and directed by Vernon. In preparation for the launch, we decided to add one of our collection to Redbubble for people to order now. It’s called i see deadly people, and those of you who know Vernon’s work, will recognise the design style.
We will be launching Dark and Disturbing properly in the second half of the year, but til then, i see deadly people.
If you would like to purchase a Dark and Disturbing design from Redbubble, click here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/darkdisturb
Collaborative working is such a significant component of modern day workplaces. The Iscariot Media team work in different locations, and often asynchronously. Being able to access documents from multiples devices at any time of the day is imperative. The availability of cloud services mean this option is now an option for many small business. Evernote is a collaborative cloud based tool that was primarily designed for what what its name suggestions – Notetaking. I created an Evernote account a few years ago, but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to use it seriously, and now I thoroughly recommend it.
In Evernote, your documents are organised using Notebooks. Within each Notebook, you create Notes. Notebooks and Notes can be shared with your colleagues, as well as made public. Other features of Evernote include adding files (ie. attachments), setting reminders, and Web Clipper. Evernote can be downloaded and synced to multiple devices. I currently have Evernote on my phone, laptop and desktop computer. I can tell you, having files in Evernote and synced across devices, has already saved my skin (ie. saved a Sale) once.
What I’m liking about Evernote, is that the interface is straightforward, clean and uncluttered. As I’m using it more, I’m getting to know different features. As a collaborative tool, we’ve now set up client File Notes, so that multiple team members can access and edit Notes as they complete a task. Each Note, at the end of a job, can be turned into a PDF for archiving.
Like many other services, Evernote has a free subscription option, so it costs nothing to sign up and see if could work for you. Once you’ve decided that Evernote is for you, you can purchase a Premium and/or Business subscription.
I highly recommend Evernote. Are you using Evernote? What’s your favourite feature?
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As someone who works with Indigenous issues in graphic design and art, I get asked frequently about what is okay to do. Most Australians and most workers in graphic design have little or no understanding of the issues involved in working with Aboriginal people, design and artwork. People generally ask the question, without realising that the answer is long, full of qualifications and is something that requires discussion and thought.